Fox’s Bank Cemetery in Whiston, Merseyside, is owned by Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council. It is where the majority of new burials facilitated by Knowsley’s cemeteries department take place.
Opened in 1996, Fox’s Bank Cemetery is now the only cemetery in Knowsley where new plots can be purchased for regular burials and cremated remains . Although the local authority does maintain the cemetery at Prescot and churchyards in Huyton and Kirkby, interments can only take place in existing graves there.
Covering an area of twenty acres, Fox’ Bank Cemetery has been awarded national Green Flag status. This is in recognition of its well maintained green space, signage and amenities. There is an active Friends Group who help maintain the high standard of the cemetery grounds. There is no chapel at the cemetery and despite their best efforts, Whiston Initiative in Cultural Heritage have suffered a number of setbacks in their attempts to raise the necessary funds to erect a memorial building.
Only masons who adhere to National Memorial of Memorial Masons (NAMM) standards can work in the cemetery. There are also restrictions on memorial sizes, with the maximum height being 991mm, including plinths and foundations. Maximum width is 813mm and depth of base 410mm. As well as regular plots, there is a garden of remembrance at Fox’s Bank Cemetery where memorial plaques can be purchased on a renewable ten year lease.
Knowsley Council has looked to the future with respect to cemetery capacity. In July 2022 plans were approved to purchase twenty acres of land in Whiston Woods from the Forestry Commission. This is subject to planning permission being granted for cemetery expansion by adjoining St Helens Council and there is a covenant that the land will only be used for cemetery or woodland. It is expected this will provide the borough with enough burial plots for another 100 years.
Sarsfield Memorials, Liverpool’s longest running family run monumental mason business are licensed to work in Fox’s Bank Cemetery. We have been in operation for 75 years and if you are considering erecting a memorial at the cemetery, or renovating/repairing an existing one, please contact us. We will be happy to discuss your requirements and in most cases can provide a free no obligation quote.